A Testament of Character


A suspicious death… A missing person…
A journey across America in search of answers

In fear for his life, American millionaire Daniel Cartwright changes his will, appointing his old friend Rowland Sinclair as his executor. Soon murder proves that fear well founded.

When Rowland receives word of Cartwright’s death, he sets out immediately for Boston, Massachusetts, to bury his friend and honour his last wishes. He is met with the outrage and anguish of Cartwright’s family, who have been spurned in favour of a man they claim does not exist. Artists and gangsters, movie stars and tycoons all gather to the fray as elite society closes in to protect its own, and family secrets haunt the living. Rowland Sinclair must confront a world in which insanity is relative, greed is understood, and love is dictated; where the only people he can truly trust are an artist, a poet and a passionate sculptress.

Fans of Jacqueline Winspear’s Maisie Dobbs series will love the Rowland Sinclair novels in which Sulari Gentill expertly weaves real events into her tension-fuelled murder mysteries. Rowland Sinclair and his friends are destined to become long-haul companions for lovers of mystery fiction and world history.

I absolutely adore Golden Age Crime Novels – and this exciting and atmospheric read drew me in from the very first paragraph and kept me entertained and engrossed both by its setting and characters until its very final page.

Eccentric millionaires, dying wishes,a journey in search of the elusive truth and a cast of intriguing characters from movie stars to gangsters and their molls – I mean – what’s not to love? These were some of the many reasons that I was drawn to A Testament of Character and why I’m so grateful to Anne Cater for inviting me to participate in this blog tour – as this book was one I hadn’t heard of yet it definitely held my attention during my time at home.

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I love immersing myself in a historical read and this is set in one of my favourite eras and it is wonderful to hear that this is part of a series of books that I can now enjoy at my leisure.

Because you’re definitely in a safe pair of hands, with a writer who clearly knows and loves this period,  you feel like you can totally surrender to this reading experience and spend a few days in a totally different world!  I really felt like I could imagine this vividly realised world and found it very difficult to detach myself from it, allowing me to plunge back in time and re-live this era for myself…

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Is anyone else like me and love to go online and immerse themselves in the period of the book that they’re loving, to try and really place themselves in the characters’ world? I love doing it and I found myself scrolling through pages and pages of tales of fabulous excess, decadent society events and mysterious benefactors and it was a wonderful opportunity to escape from everything that’s going on in the world at the moment

It was lovely to lose myself in a fantastic historical read after a few months where I’ve been mostly reading contemporary writing and non-fiction.  It’s funny that I get into reading zones and I’m now on a real Historical Fiction mission and have been drawn to exploring a few Agatha Christie’s after becoming hooked on this fantastic podcast and losing myself in another of my favourite era’s darker sides. I am trying not to give any spoilers at all as I do not want you to lose a single element of the twists and turns of this gorgeously readable historical treat.

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The host of eccentric characters and their convoluted situations in this  fast-paced read allowed me to travel back in time and meet them through its pages.  I really loved the way that Sulari Gentill draws the reader in and keeps them connected with the twists and turns that beset Rowland Sinclair and his compatriots. The way that all of these characters’ stories interconnect and collide with one another was one of my favourite things about this book and it certainly does a fine job of not allowing you to put it down as it gives you a solid case of ‘one more chapter’ as you wonder whatever is going to happen next!

This was the perfect Lockdown read for me – and if you’re isolating and feel like everything is too much for you and you just want an escape from it all –  then this would be a perfect book to lose yourself in.  Fans of  Golden Age novels will also have hours of entertainment reading the rest of Sulari’s books and getting transported somewhere very different from the times we’re currently living through.

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If you love an enjoyable and intelligent read, with a real insight into another era with memorable and fascinating characters , nods to real events and people and a plot that will  keep you gripped then you’ll enjoy A Testamemt of Character a great deal and  should treat yourself to a copy

I definitely enjoyed this book much more than I’d been expecting to and I’m sure that it would appeal to lots of my bookish friends too. I  enjoyed the fact that I was savouring my journey to another time and place with Rowland and this memorable cast of characters and could really dedicate some relaxing hours of reading to it.  I enjoyed the feeling of being immersed in a totally different time and place and am looking forward to reading more about Rowland’s adventures soon.

Writer On The Shelf

Sulari Gentill is the author of the award-winning and best-selling Rowland
Sinclair Mysteries, the Greek mythology adventure series The Hero Trilogy, and winner of the Best Crime award at the 2018 Ned Kelly Awards, Crossing the Lines.

She set out to study astrophysics, graduated in law, and then abandoned her legal career to write books instead of contracts. Born in Sri Lanka, Sulari learned to speak English in Zambia, grew up in Brisbane and now lives in the foothills of the Snowy Mountains of NSW.

You can follow Sulari on Twitter at @SulariGentill

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